The driver of a pick-up involved in a crash which left 13 church-goers in Texas dead had marijuana in his vehicle, court records reveal.
Texas girl who lost father in church bus crash now loses mother, shares faith in blog
A Texas girl, who lost her father in a church bus crash last month, has now lost her mother.
Jenn Barrett is the daughter of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels bus driver that was carrying members home from a three-day retreat when it collided with a pick-up truck. The crash killed 13 of the 14 people on the bus. The truck driver survived.
Two weeks after the tragic crash, Barrett says her mom died in their home.
Barrett has expressed her faith and feelings of losing both her parents on a blog post called 'Orphan'.
She wrote: "Many people, at a loss for words, sought to comfort me by reminding me that God has a special heart for orphans. Having grown up in church, I know that "pure and undefiled religion" is to care for orphans and widows.
"With the loss of my father, I was reminded of the many times in scripture that God promises to be the Father to the Fatherless.
"These thoughts comforted me as I began to grieve the loss of dad in such a surprising and tragic way on 29th March.
She then addressed the mother's death: "The loss of mom on Tuesday was devastating and for a moment I was without words (an uncommon state for me, for sure).
"Once the wave of shock rolled over me and the pain began to set in, I immediately resolved that my commitment to see God bring beauty from this pain was even more important."
Barrett also shared about her parents' dedication to their Christian faith up until their death.
She wrote: "My father passed driving the bus full of seniors returning from their annual choir retreat.
"My mother was working on details for the annual Seder up until she went to sleep.
"Both of them were a gift to this world and wanted nothing more than to leave the world better than they found it."
In another blog post, 'Confused but Confident', Barrett explains the tragedy has caused her to question God.
She wrote:" God, what are you up to? What are you trying to build in me and what great work do you have for me to do that requires a test of such fire?
But she reaffirms her faith: "I know that my God is good. I know that His plans are right and true. I know that all things work for His glory and my good."
According to San Antonio Express-News, the son of one of the members on the church bus has filed a lawsuit against the pick-up truck driver, 20 year old Jack Young, and his father Joseph Young.
Howard Allen accuses Jack Young of smoking marijuana, texting while driving, using prescription pills, and failing to main control of the vehicle - leading to the collision on the major highway.
He also claims Joseph Young was negligent for letting his son drive his truck.
Allen asking for $1 million in damages and is also calling for Texas lawmakers to ban texting and driving.